Smoking has become an everyday problem, not from recent times but from time uncalculated and unconditional. In India, more than a million people die of smoking tobacco every year and 80% of the smokers themselves, want to quit smoking but fail to do so because of the addiction caused by nicotine in tobacco cigarettes. There are more than 12 million smokers (does not include other tobacco products) in India, out of which more than 35% are youth.
A little about vaping for you. In the 1960s, Herbert A. Gilbert invented, and patented, the first e-cigarette as an alternative to burnt tobacco. His smokeless, non-tobacco cigarette resembled a modern e-cigarette: it included flavor cartridges, heating elements, and smokeless flavored air. Sadly, Gilbert’s dream went unrealized and his patent ended up expiring, since manufacturers and users were enjoying a rampant cigarette smoke and people felt that there was no actual need for a much safer alternative for smoking a tobacco cigarette. Later, in 2004, Hon Lik, a Chinese pharmacist, motivated by a smoking addiction and the death of his father by lung cancer, made and introduced a modern-day e-cigarette to this world. This modern e-cigarette now has undergone a series of advances and changes in all ways and is continually improving to provide a safer and much more pocket-friendly alternative to smoking.
An addiction control comes from within a smoker and that is a result of sheer conviction and discipline from the smoker’s side, which every smoker may or may not have. What vaping aims for, is not curbing that addiction but providing a much safer alternative, which does not involve combustion of any kind, thereby providing a big ease to the lungs which can now be filled up with a lot more air, than cigarette smoke. According to a WHO report on vaping, formulated after a request made in the sixth session of the Conference of Parties, Moscow, in 2016, “The magnitude of these risks is likely to be smaller than from tobacco smoke, although there is not enough research to quantify the relative risk of ENDS/ENNDS (Electronic Nicotine Delivery Systems/Electronic Non-Nicotine Delivery Systems) over combustible products. Therefore, no specific figure about how much “safer” the use of these products is compared to smoking can be given any scientific credibility at this time.” Also, Public Health England, in 2015, concluded that “the current best estimate is that e-cigarettes are around 95% less harmful than smoking,” and that, “there is no evidence so far that e-cigarettes are acting as a route into smoking for children or non-smokers.” It is still said that there are no “solid” studies that concludes in saying that vaping can cause cessation of nicotine addiction in a smoker, which is both partially right and wrong at the same time. But, there are accounts of smokers who now promote vaping, which clearly say that vaping has helped them in quitting smoking and leading to a healthier lifestyle.
Smoking kills and we all know it. On the other hand, for those seeking an alternative, vaping is a solution, a much safer option and a cleaner, much healthier addiction.